Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday spoke to the father of the Hathras gang-rape victim. The chief minister assured the victim’s father that the strictest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
Additional chief secretary (home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said: “The CM has spoken to the father of the deceased woman of Hathras. Her father asked for the harshest punishment against the accused. The CM has assured him the strictest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of the crime. The CM assured the family of all possible help from the government.”
Trial to be conducted by fast-track court
Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government has formed a special investigation team that will probe the incident and submit its report within seven days. The government has also clarified that the trial in the case will be carried out by a fast-track court.
Notably, the Uttar Pradesh Police allegedly cremated the body in the dark of the night. The family alleged that it was not allowed in the cremation and was locked up in their houses.
Hathras gang-rape case history
The 19-year-old woman was attacked on September 14 at Hathras village. She told the cops that she was dragged by her dupatta into the fields where she had been cutting grass.
The family later found her in the fields, naked and bleeding, with injuries on her neck and back.
She suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and a deep gash in her tongue in the assault. The injuries to her neck left her paralysed and struggling to breathe, media reports said.
Her family has alleged that the police did not help them initially and only reacted after public outrage over the incident.
UP police denied that her tongue was cut off and said she bit her tongue when her attackers were trying to strangle her.
News of her death led to protests outside the hospital with the Bhim Army of Chandrashekhar Azad blocking roads for 10-15 minutes and protesters chanting ‘hang the rapists’. There has been an outpouring of grief and anger from politicians, celebrities and others.
The UP police initially registered an attempt to murder case but added rape charges only after the woman’s formal statement. They have denied the family’s allegation of slow response.
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